Associated Textile acquires TFA

Carole Sloan, July 7, 2003

Associated Textile Converters (ATC) and Textile Fabric Associates, Carlstadt, NJ, have reached an agreement for ATC to acquire a majority of TFA's assets, including its name, tradestyles, and inventory.

ATC, the parent company of Swavelle/Mill Creek and Piermont Fabrics, intends to operate the acquisition as a standalone entity under the name Textile Fabric Associates LLC, according to Richard Hanfling, vp, ATC.

Key personnel of TFA, including John Yuder, president; Michael Day, vp, design; Jana Burvikos, design director, will stay on under the new ownership. Yuder is the third generation of his family's ownership of TFA, which was started by his grandfather and continued under his father. The company expects that all sales representatives also will continue.

The ownership of Ashford Court, a separate home fashions product supplier in bedding, decorative pillows and kids home fashions will remain status quo, Yuder stated. Yuder, his brother Andy, Day and Neil Zuber and Amy Bell are the principals of Ashford Court.

The closing of the transaction is expected by Aug. 1, 2003.

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